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August 11, 2010, 1:00 am
SFR readers will remember that earlier this year, Santa Fe anti-wireless activist Arthur Firstenberg sued his neighbor Raphaela Monribot, claiming her use of an iPhone and wireless internet aggravated his “electrical hypersensitivity,” or EHS—a condition for which there is little peer-reviewed scientific evidence.

First Judicial District Court Judge Sarah Singleton quickly threw out the part of Firstenberg’s claim regarding the offending iPhone. Lately, she’s penned a few rulings that don’t appear favorable to Firstenberg’s case, most recently denying his motion for temporary relief.

On July 8, Singleton also discounted an affidavit Firstenberg submitted by Olle Johansson, an “experimental dermatology” professor at the Karolinska Institute in Stockholm, Sweden. Johansson claims there is no psychological component to EHS.

Singleton ruled that Johansson’s testimony “does not establish that in this particular case there could not be a psychological component to [Firstenberg’s] impairment.”

Heavy skepticism aside, Singleton ruled last week that Firstenberg’s lawsuit could proceed; she has scheduled a non-jury trial for March, 2011, in the case of the toxic gadgets.

 

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